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You’d Be Surprised How Much Nigerians Studying Abroad Are Making From Sugar daddies image

You’d Be Surprised How Much Nigerians Studying Abroad Are Making From Sugar daddies

We had agreed to meet at the wine bar around West Hampstead, a modern bar filled with intriguing bric-a-bracs, so posh that people said you could see Simon Cowell having a glass of wine on Thursdays. I walked in to find Amanda with a glass of wine in hand, already waiting for me. She was dressed casually in sweats and a ponytail and had a welcoming smile.

 

Amanda, a 21-year-old International student at Middlesex University London is a sugar baby. It is a controversial topic, but I was here to understand a day in the life of a sugar baby. Her perfume wafted up reminding me of Giorgio Armani. “You're right it is actually one of the gifts I got from one of my sugar daddies’’. On that note, my ears and eyes popped and our conversation began.

Originally from Nigeria, Amanda knows the struggles of being an international student with expensive pressures on her family back home. Like hundreds of students all over the UK, Amanda signed up to a sugar baby website because she “loved the glitzy life and needed extra cash.... some of the men on the website are really creepy but you have to know how to look for the nice ones”. Amanda explained, in cold terms, that this was just business, a business in which she made strategic decisions to her benefit. “I am not a gold-digger!’’ her hand gestured like traffic warden's “It’s a matter of mutually benefit, some of the men genuinely love spending money on women’’.

Amanda was introduced to the dating website over a year ago by a girl friend who was over the moon and excited by the idea of being in the company of rich men. She told Amanda, “I thought, maybe I would get to go to some nice places and get some nice gifts, but baby I got a whole lot more”. Soon after uploading her profile picture, her inbox exploded. All filled with the possibilities of expensive gifts and new vacation spots.

Hard up for cash, Amanda didn't need much convincing and soon sent out her own profile. With a calm face, she explained to me, “normally the first exchanged are inbox messages, and if it sounds like we can get on then I give them my number... Then I opened a new email address, and set up a second number for the second Amanda’’. Almost like a second life? I asked. She smiled a broad knowing smile. “I must admit, I am excited being this ordinary Naija student by day and this elegant woman by night, a kind of grown up Hannah Montana”.

Her first date picked her up right on time ‘’it was one of these cool sport cars. Ha! It was love at first sight with the lifestyle”. Karl, the 42-year-old Marketing and Sales Director was gentlemanly and charming. The date was at a posh west end restaurant in London and ‘’oh my God, the wine!’’ She said, making a praying gesture. Karl opened her door, paid her the right attention, asked the right questions and even bought her a bracelet on the first date. ‘’He kept it simple in case it wasn’t my style’’.

The lovely night was followed by subsequent dates (spa included), trips, gifts “but of course he was married… so it was going to end sooner or later’’. “I hate the fact some of them were married, but I block it out” she tells me. “It's sad, because married men really know how to treat a girl’’.

With those words she seemed lost and finished her glass of wine with two gulps. She seemed to be having conflicting feelings and while I wanted to problem I thought to save this for the end of the interview. “Let’s talk about the goodies’’ I said, trying to lighten the mood. Amanda laughed and told me in just over one year she has had 4 vacations she would have never been able to afford. ‘’There was the ski resort in Finland’’. ‘’And the trip to Ibiza when he let me bring 2 friends’’. She explained how it differs with each man, ‘’some like to give you a fixed allowance while others just offer you gifts and then there are the ones who just ask you what do you want”. She didn’t seem to like the fixed allowance type, saying it made it feel like ‘‘she was in the escort business; am not that type of girl’’.

‘’So what type of girl are you”, I asked. I couldn't resist that question. “I am a business girl but It’s business plus. These guys are buying my companionship and not just sex; some are just looking for someone to talk to. I do get intimate with these guys, but it's not prostitution. That’s why I prefer it when a sugar daddy offers gifts. It feels more like a relationship with a little business deal’’.

Amanda has had 7 consistent sugar daddies but has also had dates, many dates. ‘’You can tell if you’ll get along from the first date and I only keep around the ones I know I’ll have a mutually beneficial relationship with’’. But how rich does a man have to be? Amanda gave me this humorous smile ‘’It’s more about being generous than rich but when they are both that’s a bonus!’’ She then went into detail about a schoolteacher she had met on the website, ‘’he wasn’t oozing money but he got me really nice dress once in a while”.  But she quickly added “with men like that, it doesn’t last very long’’.

“But do you expect it to last long with any of them”? I asked as my wine glass reached the bottom. She paused for a moment and looked and me for a long second and looked into her empty glass. I continued studying her face and could see it changing, ‘’hmmmmmm’’ she said for a long drawn out moment. She quickly asked ‘‘my real name is not going to be in this report, right?’’ As I assured her that her name would not appear she called for a second glass of wine, white wine this time. “After my first date, all I felt was shame, I really try to block out some of the bad experiences I’ve had doing this. I don’t expect to find love on the website, I don’t even expect it to last long because deep down you know what type of arrangement it is. You try and cover it up, make it feel like a relationship. Oh well!’’ she sighed. “I really have had some great experiences through these men and some are lovely but you just have this gut feeling of being dodgy. I suppress mine. It’s a business, I have to make the best decisions to benefit me especially with how damaged it makes me feel sometimes, the least I deserve is a nice bag’’. It felt like I had known Amanda my whole life as we exchanged this look of understanding and warmth.

‘’Last question! Would you recommend to a friend that they should go into this business?’’ She gave a very quick ‘’Nope’’ and downed the rest of her wine. We sat down after the interview for some more wine and even more discussions. She was funny, witty and had a lot of opinions and I hoped leaving the interview Amanda found what she was looking for.

 

 Written for NG by Aisha V. Hashim

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Guycode: Urinal Etiquette

Yo broheims! It’s another instalment of the ‘Guy Code’. If you didn’t already know, the GUY CODE is that most sacred rulebook that ensures guys act like “guys”. First carved on stone by the cavemen and passed down from generation to generation, this most revered book has guided guys’ action in major things like World wars and even little things like cheating on a test. It’s next after whatever holy book you hold dear and if you’re atheist; well this is your Bible.

So you’ve just had an awesome night at the bar and have outdone all your bros by drinking the most but now nature’s come-a-calling and you’ve gotta go. Here’s what the Guy Code says about ‘going’ in a public urinal.

Rule 1: Do Your Business Quickly

Unless, you’re having sex in a public restroom (which I highly recommend), on no account should a guy spend extended periods of time in there. This is what makes us guys and not women. Since there’s no sex at urinals, folks should get in and out of the restrooms and help prevent a line in front of the door.

Rule 2: No Talking

Chatting is for the bar. Political and sports debates are for the living room with your boys. Public urinals have the strictest “no talking” policy no matter who you meet there. The brief “Hey” or “Hi” upon entrance to acknowledge the fellow male is permitted but that’s where it ends. Unless the guy next to you is about to have his penis bitten by a snake, you do not need to communicate. Any similar life or death situation is also an exception.

Rule 3: Eyes Front!!

This is the golden rule of the public urinal: Never, ever, ever, ever look sideways. That’s just plain weird. Eyes forward always and even in the event of an emergency, communicate without making eye contact.

Rule 4: Use the Urinal Properly

It may come across as a bit of a shock but ‘real men’ are clean men. Make sure to urinate inside the bowl and not on the wall or the sides. Urine art is NOT a thing!! Also, don’t ever shit in the urinal just because the stalls are full. Hold it till there’s a free stall; like a man!

Don’t ever forget to wash your hands after use. Only cavemen use toilets without washing their hands. You are NOT a caveman!

Rule 5: Keep the Margin of Error

Forget my use of superfluous words. This simply means there should always be the space of at least one bowl between each man. If the urinal is well under-utilized, then the maximum space possible between each other should be observed. It might be a public restroom but everyone still needs their privacy. Make sure to put the spacing into consideration when choosing a spot if the urinal is empty or largely empty.

 

Rule 6: What happens in the Restroom Stays in the Restroom

No matter what you see – awkward, violent, sexual, etc. – in the public restroom while at the urinal, Guy Code says you take it to your grave and never speak of it with another soul. Unless you are required to provide a police statement or are subpoenaed for those details, never tell.

Don’t forget to zip up after guys. This is not a rule but definitely a major key.

Well, that’s all for now folks. We hope this helps you handle yourself better at public urinals in the future.

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Here Are 5 New Albums You Should Take Into The Weekend

I'm going to start from home with this one.

Redemption EP – Burna Boy

I’ve never really been a fan of Burna. Not because I don’t think he’s good enough but because for the clearly abundant talent he’s got, he seems to be taking a hands off approach to his career and that is only a recipe for disaster in this Nigerian industry. Anyway, he recently released an EP which I hope he follows up with an album much later. Redemption is what he titles it and my best track from it? Pree Me

 

 

Young as The Morning Old as The Sea – Passenger

There’s no disputing the King of modern day folk rock, Michael David Rosenberg of Passenger as you know him stepped into the limelight after a song (Let He Go) from his 2012 album All The Little Lights became one of the most played songs on the radio. He has since then released 3 studio albums with the most recent of them coming late in September and has since then been the most played album in my library.

 

 

Wild World – Bastille

Bastille are a British Indie pop band led by Dan Smith. They started their journey in 2010 but their big break came in 2013 after their hit song Pompeii led the way for what would later become a career changing album in Bad Blood. Since then, the band toured for a while before giving us Wild World early in September.

 

 

Farewell, Starlite! – Francis and The Lights

I haven’t known this guy for that long but I made my discovery after I heard a catchy tune from Chance The Rapper’s latest EP Coloring book. The song titled Summer Friends made me look into that melody only to see Francis was the one behind the last few seconds of the song which for me was one of the highlights of the album.

Only recently, he released his first studio album and he named it after himself Francis Farewell Starlite.

 

 

22, A Million – Bon Iver

You’re excited too yes? Well we had to wait sooooo long for Justin to release something… Anything even when we’re sure as hell we wouldn’t hear 90% of what he says. Justin Vernon responded with 22, A Million, an album with a barely pronounceable track list and awesome vibes throughout.

 

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Meet the Google Pixel, and you might forget the iPhone.

Google today announced it’s very first smartphone, and It’s called “Pixel”. Wait, what? Yeah you read that right. Unlike previous attempts with the Nexus and Motorola, the pixel is #madebygoogle, and a high-end competitor at that. Not unlike the iPhone and Galaxy s-series.  The Pixel comes in two models: The 5 inch Pixel, and the 5.5 inch Pixel X, and three colors: Quite black, really blue, and very silver.

From products, like the OnHub router and the Chromecast, it’s safe to say googles isn’t shy about hardware anymore. Let’s get to the details.

the Highest rated camera ever

Under the hood, Both phones feature a 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, 32GB base internal storage, an 8MP front facing camera, and a 12.3 MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture (touted to be he Highest rated camera ever.). What's more, is the unlimited storage for photos and videos to google drive, which comes in handy when shooting 4k videos. 

optical image stabilization on the Pixel

The new Pixel phones come with built-in superfast charging capability, Google claims the battery lasts all day, and the device can run for 7 hours under a 15minute charge. The phones aren't as cheap as we hoped. If you've ever owned a nexus, this might come rather surprising as google ditches the affordable prices for the now-common $649 base price.

Perhaps on of the most important features on the phone is google's new assistant, simple called "Google assistant". with it, you can kick off a conversation which feels a lot like talking to Siri or Cortana. the assistant also has the ability to respond to follow-up conversations and dig into your preferences and other services such as Uber. 

And hey, there was also a really cool silicon valley intro, for Silicon Valley lovers at the #madebygoogle event. Here you go!

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Retweets Are The New Currency

Retweets is the new online currency and people are already cashing out.

If you’ve been on Twitter for the past two days you already know what I’m talking about, so this post is mainly for those people who live under rocks and only come out to check our website.

People asking for retweets in exchange for something isn’t a new thing on Twitter, we have all seen people asking you to retweet a tweet so they can take someone who is supposedly out of their league to prom and we have seen giveaways of products to the person who could pull the highest number of retweets.

It’s all cute and nice right? Well this last few days have seen these sort of tweets increase exponentially and they range from the cute to the funny to the downright ridiculous

First one we check out

just look at the camaraderie

 

And celebreties got in on the act also 

 

Then there was this

 

 

Nothing Could go wrong with that. we're all having fun right?

Yes, there is always that person 

 

So people, spend your retweets wisely, they come at a premium now. 

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Guidelines To Wearing Suits With Trainers

Not so long ago, I noticed this new trend which obviously received a lot of critique, as most people are not inclined to accept change with open arms but being the conservative yet fashion-forward individual I am (yes, I like to call myself that), I decided to take a second look at it and analyse it carefully and I thought to share it with guys who are just as stylish as I am, or who at least aspire to it. *wink*

There are those who may probably think that tailoring with trainers is as stylish and trendy as sandals with socks. Well, you’re not alone. I mean, it was once reserved for guys who valued comfort over style, but it is now in vogue, after quite a lot of people discovered that being comfortable can actually look pretty stylish.

But while the socks-and-sliders thing is left to rail-thin models and young university undergrads, suits and sneakers is much easier to pull off while maintaining that classy and mature look.

I guess it’s safe to say if you follow these guidelines, you will look quite stylish and less like that guy in the office who switches to gym shoes for the journey home.

The street style goons have spoken, trainers and tailoring are now sartorial, not scruffy. Here’s your guidelines for bossing the look.

Do Keep Things Classic

 …and by classic, I mean simple. You are already making a statement with your shoes, so your suit shouldn’t. This is no time to be revealing that banana-coloured three-piece or that custard yellow double-breasted jacket.

Start with a slim-cut, navy suit and white trainers – the more minimalist, the better. Make sure your trousers are slim –or skinny fit; flared or boot cut will simply not work. With trainers, or, frankly, anything else.

 

Don’t Cheap Out

As with your regular brogue or oxford shoes, quality counts. Premium materials, traditional construction techniques and details such as hand-stitching allow you a little more aesthetic wiggle and confidence than rolling in some kicks you’ve had for years.

 

Link Your Look With Colour

The more links you can create between top and toe, the more these seemingly disparate fashion elements gel. Colour is an easy way to pull your trainers into the rest of your look, but please keep it subtle; if your suit is black or navy, a pop of the same in the logo or the lace is better than an all-black or blue trainer.

More subtle is pulling out a shade from your sneakers in your shirt or tie, or even choosing to echo a suede trainer’s soft nap with cashmere around your neck. That would definitely leave a lasting stylish impression.

 

Don't Embrace The Raindow

To the previous point, there’s a limit. Neon trainers are tough to wear if you’re in all-black sportswear. With a suit they just look like your proper shoes got coped at the gym.

As a rule of thumb, it shouldn’t even be an option to exercise in the kind of trainers you wear to work and vice versa.

 

Do Show Off Your Sneakers

With formal shoes, your trousers should hit your lace with a little bit of crease in the fabric in front of your shin. But that’s because people aren’t eyeballing which brogues you’ve copped in the same way they do with trainers.

Take some length out of your trousers, so the hem lands just above the tongue; a roll, turn-up or tack pin is handy here if you’d rather not visit your tailor for a permanent alteration.

 

Don’t Get Technical

We’ve got a lot of love for an ‘ugly’ trainer. But while Raf Simons’ Ozweegos are like on-feet spaceships that we’d normally recommend anywhere, they don’t quite work with your suit.

The aim of the sneakers and suits look is to take some of the formality away from your tailoring, switching up silhouettes and fabrics to make your outfit appear more relaxed. Technical shoes are too sporty; instead of relaxed, you look like you’re about to start calisthenics in the conference room.

So keep the globular trainers for after-hours.

 

Do Tread Carefully At Work

Even if your dress code is lenient, and you can get away with wearing kicks to work, the trainer is meant to lend a louche air to something more often seen as stuffy. So your tailoring should lean more towards relaxed than stiff. Even the sleekest sneakers won’t sit right if you’re rocking a waistcoat, pocket square and lapel pin.

Equally, avoid anything seen on trading floors: pinstripes, wide lapels and padded shoulders. The less structure your jacket has, the more your trainers look like they belong with your tailoring.

I mean, you don’t want the HR lady summoning you to her office …if you’re not the boss of yourself.

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Is Your Coffee Killing You?

From the cultivation of the first grain of coffee bean in Ethiopia in the 11th century, its most common product; coffee - a brewed drink prepared from its roasted form- has grown to become the world’s seventh largest legal agricultural export by value (according to reports in 2005). With consumption rate standing at 141.6 million bags of beans this year, this value is expected to rise by 25% over the next five years because of the westernization of societies in India, China and Latin America according to International Coffee Organization (ICO) Director, Roberio Silva.

Besides being a beverage used to deduce if a society is westernized, it’s become a habit for countless people worldwide as they cannot help but start the day with a jolt of caffeine (Coffee’s most popular constituent). A habit that is still being debated if to be classified as good or bad due to the fact that caffeine albeit “Generally recognized as safe” by the food and drug administration has been discovered to have negative effects coupled with its constant medical and performance enhancing uses. It can be used medically to prevent Parkinson’s disease, gallstones, type 2 diabetes and in the treatment of ADHD, obesity and low blood pressure. A central nervous system stimulant, caffeine reduces physical fatigue, prevents drowsiness, increases focus and can delay sleep.

Negative side effects of coffee consumption include:

Caffeinism

Somewhat related to the addiction, this effect occurs in adults who consume more than six cups daily making them totally dependent on coffee consumption along with symptoms such as anxiety and agitation.

Digestion

Consumption of coffee on an empty stomach leads to the production of Hydrochloric acid which is an essential part of the digestion process. Its early production due to coffee consumption may reduce the amount produced when a meal is consumed thereby delaying food digestion.

Mineral Absorption

Coffee may affect the kidneys ability to retain calcium, zinc, magnesium and other important minerals therefore making it difficult for heavy coffee drinkers to get enough materials from their food and even supplement.

Acrylamide

A potential carcinogenic substance formed when coffee beans are roasted at high temperature, acrylamide has been shown to be a product of coffee. Its level is dependent on how dark the roast it

Tension and Stress

Although drinking coffee can make us productive, lots of it will increase the release of stress hormones cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine in the body. Chemicals that increase the body’s heart rate, blood pressure, tension level and have long term health implications.

Most of the aforementioned side effects of coffee are results of excessive consumption. It is therefore advised that for long term productivity, coffee consumption should be at most four Cups daily.

 

 

 

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